Somethea is a 12-year-old boy from Cambodia. He is in the 8th grade and enjoys studying Khmer literature and history. He hopes to become a policeman when he grows up. Somethea has two brothers and likes to play football with them in his free time. His mother is a tailor, and his father stays home.
When he was two years old, Somethea’s right hand was burned in a cooking fire. After the burn healed, the skin around his fingers retracted and bent his finger, resulting in one of his finger joints becoming partially dislocated. This condition causes him pain, and he cannot move his fingers, write with a pen or pencil, or hold objects in his hand.
When Somethea learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On December 15th, surgeons at CSC will perform a contracture release and full-thickness skin graft to relieve him of pain and allow him to use his fingers again. CSC is requesting $673 to fund this procedure. Somethea’s family was able to gather $100 to contribute to his care.
Somethea said: “I hope I can use my hand after this operation and have no more pain.”
Somethea is a 12-year-old boy from Cambodia. He is in the 8th grade and enjoys studying Khmer literature and history. He hopes to become a p...
Somethea underwent surgery to regain the use of his hand.
Somethea had successful surgery to repair the painful skin contractures on his fingers and replace the impacted skin with a new skin graft. He remained in the hospital for several days while surgeons watched the skin graft closely for any rejection or infection. When the surgeons were sure the new graft had developed an adequate blood supply, he was able to return home with his parents. He’s worked with the physiotherapist for range of motion exercises and hopes to have full use of his fingers when the skin graft has healed. The surgeons look forward to seeing Somethea again to determine if any further care is needed.
Somethea said, “I am happy to be able to go home and can use my hand again soon. I would like to thank the doctors and sponsors who helped me to have my surgery.”
Somethea had successful surgery to repair the painful skin contractures on his fingers and replace the impacted skin with a new skin graft. ...